Keith Haring - 80s New York Friday, December 17, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta; Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 1999

  • Exhibited

    Atlanta, Fay Gold Gallery, Keith Haring & Herb Ritts, December 2, 1989 - January 3, 1990

  • Catalogue Essay

    Like these drawings, the October 1989 collages Haring made using ripped-up gravure photographs from Herb Ritts pictures published in 1988 by Twin Palms, indicate that a new, more layered and textural direction was evolving in his work. In these collages, washes of paint and denser, less defined shapes supersede linear ideas. (Other collages from about the same time use scribbles and colors to transform a reproduction of the Mona Lisa into a kind of African mask.) He had first experimented with collage years before and intermittently returned to it in other works like the series Apocalypse.
    (Alexandra Anderson-Spivy, "Bathed in Heraclitan Fire: Reassing Keith Haring", 1995)

  • Artist Biography

    Keith Haring

    American • 1958 - 1990

    Haring's art and life typified youthful exuberance and fearlessness. While seemingly playful and transparent, Haring dealt with weighty subjects such as death, sex and war, enabling subtle and multiple interpretations. 

    Throughout his tragically brief career, Haring refined a visual language of symbols, which he called icons, the origins of which began with his trademark linear style scrawled in white chalk on the black unused advertising spaces in subway stations. Haring developed and disseminated these icons far and wide, in his vibrant and dynamic style, from public murals and paintings to t-shirts and Swatch watches. His art bridged high and low, erasing the distinctions between rarefied art, political activism and popular culture. 

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Untitled (Mud Man)

Ink and gouache with Herb Ritts photo collage.
24 x 29 in. (61 x 73.7 cm).
Signed and dated "K. Haring, 05 Nov. 1989" on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Estate of Keith Haring.

$30,000 - 40,000 


17 December 2010
New York